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Bonding: Cosmetic dentistry with ease
Updated: 10/10/2008 10:00:31 AM
 

Bonding: Cosmetic dentistry with ease For those who would like to fix minor imperfections in their smile, such a slight chip or gap, bonding may offer a straightforward solution.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, bonding can last for many years and usually requires only one visit to the dentist.

The procedure involves applying a composite resin that is the same color as the natural tooth, used to remedy a fractured, decayed, chipped or discolored tooth.

First, the dentist slightly roughens the tooth surface and applies a conditioning liquid to prepare it for bonding.

Then, they apply the resin, molding and smoothing it to a satisfactory shape. The resin is then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser, after which the dentist will continue trimming and polishing the bonding until it closely matches the surrounding teeth.

The Consumer Guide to Dentistry states that bonding has recently grown in popularity in recent years, alongside other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental veneers and crowns.

Consulting with a dentist will help patients determine the best treatment path for correcting tooth imperfections.
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